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MUSIC

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SPARKLE

FLAME

ECLIPSE

STARLIGHT

MILKY WAY

WHISTLE

FEATHER

SCOOTER

HOLLYWOOD

MOONBEAM

STARDUST

DREAMER

FIREFLY

RAIN DANCE

STORMY

PRINCESS

LACE

BLAZING STAR

SPLASH

CANDY

SUMMER

MELODY

SHADOW

HOPE

ROCKET

SILVER

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Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible. Help bring books to life for children.

Gentle Carousel Inc.

P.O. Box 1672

High Springs, FL  32655

Phone: 352-226-9009

ReadingIsMagic1@gmail.com

    Magic selected Most Heroic Pet In America. See her in AARP the Magazine.

Gentle Carousel in Woman's World magazine.

Gentle Carousel was selected a charity partner in Disney's 2010 volunteer program "Give a Day. Get a Day."

 

    What an honor and thrill to have Gentle Carousel's Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU.-Shelley Fraser Mickle

"Your Reading Is Magic program and volunteers are heroes every time they walk into a school or library.  Using little miniature horses to inspire young children to read is most creative.  Congratulations on your wonderful charity, spirit and service to your community."

- Bill Bennett " Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett

 

"Reading Is Magic!

Every child you inspire to read is a life forever changed. Thank you for that and for bringing books to life...

...Reading is magic. It can take you from outer space to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Either way, the journey is magical.

 ...Wow.  Love those little horses... Great job you're doing.  I'm proud of you." 

-Homer Hickam

  "To Magic and Gentle Carousel,  Thank you for all of your work.  Helping children read is the greatest magic of all,,,"

- James Gurney,

Best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series.  Thank you for the original artwork you created for Reading Is Magic.

 

Canine movie star Benji working with Magic.

"What they are doing is just so incredible.  They are making a difference. These people are the real deal.  They are down there in the trenches doing it."

 -Joe Camp

  Film writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind canine superstar Benji.

"What 'Reading Is Magic' does for kids by going into schools and igniting excitement for reading a story is beyond compare.  Keep the hoofbeats going."

Carl Joseph, Author of SOME CALLED ME

"Magic and Gentle Carousel,

  Inspiring children to read is magical.You are making a difference!"

 Chris Soentpiet - Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator

Presenting a library with one of the signed posters donated by Christ Soentpiet to Reading Is Magic.

Reading Is Magic on television.

"...Thank you for all the work you do.

...Reading is Magic!"

- Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award winner

  

Author Jessica Burkhart and Magic.

Gentle Carousel,

...Always follow your dreams.  Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.  Stay positive and stay strong.  You have the ability to make amazing things happen!" Love, Jessica Burkhart 

Author of the Canterwood Crest book series

"Keep up the wonderful work you do...   

Best, Jon " Jon Provost - Appeared as Timmy Martin on Lassie

Magic appearing on The Ilene Silverman Show.

 

"To Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic,

You are making magic everyday with each child you help..."

- Dianne Ochiltree

Magic with four-time Olympian and ten-time US Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, Karen O'Connor.

Life in the Galloping Lane, O'Connor

 

Magic with  David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist.

"To Magic and Gentle Carousel-

 You have a wonderful program. Thank you for bringing joy to children... Keep reading! It is magic!"

-Anna Grossnickle Hines, author and illustrator of over 50 children's books.

 

"Reading Is Magic,

Thank you for helping children learn to read...

- Michael Storrings"

 

  Rainbow makes a new friend with canine movie star Benji.

See Joe Camp's Blog about Gentle Carousel

BENJI, the actual star of Benji Off The Leash! flew from California (and Tennessee) with film writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind the canine superstar, Joe Camp and his wonderful wife Kathleen to help Gentle Carousel.

 

 

Benji was just named Oprah's Favorite Onscreen Animal

"Lassie may be a classic choice, but this time around, Benji edged her out by a hair. While we appreciate Lassie and Timmy's bond, Benji is a stray with serious spunk. He may not have any pedigree, but Benji gets the job done. In his first film—released in 1974—Benji uses his keen canine senses to help save children from kidnappers. Plus, this pound puppy inspires audiences to open their hearts and homes to mutts of all shapes and sizes." 

See Benji on Oprah's website 

 

Joe Camp working with Magic.  She is a little horse but responds to Joe the same way her large equine relatives do.  We are so thankful for the many, many hours Joe devoted to our training program and horses as a teacher and friend.


 Benji and Magic getting ready to meet children from Shand’s Pediatric Unit, Hope Lodge and the Ronald McDonald House.

Benji and the horses at the Ronald McDonald House.

 


Joe and Kathleen Camp along with Benji worked with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses on visits to children with life threatening illnesses, adults in assisted living programs and even to meet politicians.

Benji takes Magic inside City Hall to meet the mayor during the filming of a documentary about Gentle Carousel.


Magic and Benji meet Ocala mayor Randy Ewers.


Kathleen Camp and Magic.


Benji taking a break after a busy morning with the horses.


 

Joe Camp (with canine movie star Benji) signing videos and copies of his bestselling book The Soul Of A Horse to raise money for Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic program.  Hundreds of fans came to  meet Joe and to buy the The Soul Of A Horse.

See: Gentle Carousel's READING IS MAGIC Authors and Illustrators

"The Magic Of Horses" with Joe Camp and Benji

at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club

Joe Camp at Gentle Carousel's fundraiser (Ocala Magazine).

Ocala Magazine

Gainesville  Magazine

Joe Camp is one of the most successful independent filmmakers ever and he did it the hard way, with G-rated movies and no help from Hollywood.  Joe's inspirational story of a small time ad guy who turned wholesale Hollywood rejection into the worldwide phenomenon of Benji will make you believe in your own dreams. 

 

 Benji posing for photographers with fellow actors Alicia Silverstone, Ed Asner, Wendie Malick (above)Broadway star Gretchen Wyler and from "Two And A Half Men" Angus T. Jones.

 

 

   Benji and Joe Camp on national television at the Genesis Awards accepting Best Family Picture Of The Year for Benji Off The Leash.

"A breath of fresh air."
Dave Kehr - New York Times

"Surefire family entertainment! I'm giving this film my HOT vote!"
Leonard Maltin- Hot Ticket

"A good one! And it sends a valuable message."
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun Times

"One of the best family movies of the decade!"
Christopher Largen - Amazon.com

A Readers Digest Family Favorite.


Joe Camp filming Benji Off The Leash.

   

 

Gentle Carousel's READING IS MAGIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill